The rosters for the 2015 Futures Game were announced today, and the Seattle Mariners franchise will once again be well represented as both infielder Ketel Marte from the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers and right-hander Edwin Diaz from the Double-A Jackson Generals were chosen for the World Team.
Marte, currently on the disabled list for Tacoma nursing an injured risk, is a 21 year old switch-hitter that has really shot up the prospect charts the past couple of seasons. The shortstop is hitting .343/.394/.434 in 51 games for the M's highest level minor league affiliate this year and has a career minor league line of .292/.332/.370 in 427 games since 2011. One of the youngest players in the PCL, Marte reached Tacoma last year at age 20, hitting .313/.367/.450 in 19 games to close out the 2014 season. Wherever he's played, he's always hit for a high average and used his speed well, but also shown a remarkable ability to make contact, as he's struck out in just 12.1% of his minor league plate appearances to date -- just 9.0% in 2015.
Diaz started the year in High-A Bakersfield, but following seven starts of 1.70 ERA, 0.81 WHIP pitching, he was promoted to Jackson. With the Generals, he was hit hard in his first three starts as he adapted to the more advanced hitters, but the 21 year old right-hander has put together a nice stretch over his past four starts, with a 2.22 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 8.1 SO/9 in 24 1/3 innings over that time. The M's 3rd round pick out of Puerto Rico in 2012, Diaz has a slight build, but a fast, loose arm that allows him to run his fastball up consistently in the mid-90s. Diaz has 286 strikeouts in his 279 career minor league innings so far in his career.
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